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Central European Initiative Discusses Refugee Crisis in Banja Luka

Published: June 20, 2016; 16:00 · (FriedlNews)

Foreign Ministers of the 18 member states of the Central European Initiative (CEI) met in Bosnia Herzegovina, which holds the initiative’s annual rotating Chairmanship this year. Discussions mainly focused on the refugee crisis and potential solutions.

Central European Initiative Discusses Refugee Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina / Picture: © Flickr

The conference was opened by the Foreign Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina Igor Crnadak.

Discussions mainly focused on the refugee crisis and potential solutions.

Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz thanked the CEI Presidency and the Western Balkan states for supporting his proposals and their efficient cooperation in closing the Western Balkans route, which had led to a drastic decline in refugee flows. Sebastian Kurz reiterated Austria’s support for Bosnia-Herzegovina’s EU accession process and the necessary reforms.

The CEI was set out in 1989 by Austria, Italy, former Yugoslavia and Hungary.

Currently the initiative consists of 18 Member States from Central, Eastern and South East Europe, of which ten also hold EU membership.

This regional international organisation seeks to support its members’ European integration.

Through stronger networking and interlinking with other organisations active in the CEI Member States, activities are to be bundled and synergies created.